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Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan has red card rescinded

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SEATTLE (AP) Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan will be eligible to play when Seattle travels to Minnesota United after his red card from last weekend’s game was rescinded.

The team said Wednesday that it had won its appeal of Roldan’s red card from Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Los Angeles FC. Roldan would otherwise have been suspended for Saturday’s game.

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Roldan was shown the red card in the 18th minute. He and LAFC’s Mark-Anthony Kaye got into a shoving match near the midfield line. Eduard Atuesta ran in to intervene, and Roldan tried to push him off but struck Atuesta across the face.

Referee Ted Unkel, after a discussion with the sideline official, pulled out the red card, dismissing Roldan for violent conduct.

Roldan did not dispute the hand-to-the-face call. But he insisted that it was not his intent.

Nine-man NYCFC gets derby draw vs. RBNY

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New York City FC’s Third Rail is going to come up with some terrific chants after their nine-men side held the New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw in the Hudson River Derby on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Bradley Wright-Phillips put the Red Bulls in front, and NYCFC went down to 10 men within minutes of the opener. They’d be down to nine by the end of the game when Ebenezer Okori joined debutant Eloi Amagat in being sent off the pitch by referee Ted Unkel.

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“I don’t want to talk any rubbish,” Wright-Phillips said on FS1 after the game. “Credit to New York City. It’s embarrassing. They’re down to nine men and we created nothing.”

Making his NYCFC debut, longtime Girona midfielder Amagat was sent off for a studs-up challenge on Marc Rzatkowski.

David Villa leveled the score line at 1, but looked in big trouble when Ebenezer Okori was show a 74th minute red card for a clumsy challenge on Wright-Phillips.